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Viser: The Impact of Discovering Life Beyond Earth

The Impact of Discovering Life Beyond Earth

The Impact of Discovering Life Beyond Earth

Steven J. Dick
(2015)
Sprog: Engelsk
Cambridge University Press
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  • Hardback: 366 sider
  • Udgiver: Cambridge University Press (Oktober 2015)
  • ISBN: 9781107109988
The search for life in the Universe, once the domain of science fiction, is now a robust research program with a well-defined roadmap, from studying the extremes of life on Earth to exploring the possible niches for life in the Solar System and discovering thousands of planets far beyond it. In addition to constituting a major scientific endeavor, astrobiology is one of the most popular topics in astronomy, and is of growing interest to a broad community of thinkers from across the academic spectrum. In this volume, distinguished philosophers, theologians, anthropologists, historians and scientists discuss the big questions about how the discovery of extraterrestrial life, whether intelligent or microbial, would impact society. Their remarkable and often surprising findings challenge our foundational concepts of what the discovery of alien life may hold for humankind. Written in easily accessible language, this thought-provoking collection engages a wide audience of readers from all backgrounds.
Introduction: astrobiology and society Steven J. Dick;

Part I. Motivations and Approaches. How Do We Frame the Problems of Discovery and Impact?: Introduction;
1. Current approaches to finding life beyond earth, and what happens if we do Seth Shostak;
2. The philosophy of astrobiology: the Copernican and Darwinian presuppositions Iris Fry;
3. History, discovery, analogy: three approaches to the impact of discovering life beyond earth Steven J. Dick;
4. Silent impact: why the discovery of extraterrestrial life should be silent Clment Vidal;

Part II. Transcending Anthropocentrism. How Do We Move beyond our Own Preconceptions of Life, Intelligence and Culture?: Introduction;
5. The landscape of life Dirk Schulze-Makuch;
6. The landscape of intelligence Lori Marino;
7. Universal biology: assessing universality from a single example Carlos Mariscal;
8. Equating culture, civilization, and moral development in imagining extraterrestrial intelligence: anthropocentric assumptions? John Traphagan;
9. Communicating with the other: infinity, geometry, and universal math and science Douglas Vakoch;

Part III. Philosophical, Theological, and Moral Impact. How Do We Comprehend the Cultural Challenges Raised by Discovery?: Introduction;
10. Life, intelligence and the pursuit of value in cosmic evolution Mark Lupisella;
11. 'Klaatu barada nikto' - or, do they really think like us? Michael Ruse;
12. Alien minds Susan Schneider;
13. The moral subject of astrobiology: guideposts for exploring our ethical and political responsibilities towards extraterrestrial life Elspeth Wilson and Carol Cleland;
14. Astrobiology and theology Robin Lovin;
15. Would you baptize an extraterrestrial? Guy Consolmagno, SJ;

Part IV. Practical Considerations: How Should Society Prepare for Discovery - and Non-Discovery?: Introduction;
16. Is there anything new about astrobiology and society? Jane Maienschein;
17. Evaluating preparedness for the discovery of extraterrestrial life: considering potential risks, impacts and plans Margaret Race;
18. Searching for extraterrestrial intelligence: preparing for an expected paradigm break Michael A. G. Michaud;
19. SETI in non-western perspective John Traphagan and Julian W. Traphagan;
20. The allure of alien life: public and media framings of extraterrestrial life Linda Billings;
21. Internalizing null extraterrestrial 'signals': an astrobiological app for a technological society Eric Chaisson;
Index.
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